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Green Mountain Academy

by Frances Greenslade
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: survival stories, death & dying, friendship

A daring rescue in the middle of a snowstorm in this compelling Red Fox Road companion survival story for ages 10 to 14, for fans of Hatchet and The Skeleton Tree.

After a family trip turned disastrous when their truck broke down in the middle of an old logging road in Oregon, Francie is now back in British Columbia. People try to make things as "no …

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Behind the Label

Gloria & Willa

by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: friendship

Gloria, an impulsive, naïve and likeable teen with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), tries to keep her family together while their mother’s addictions threaten a move to foster care. Willa, an older teen with a learning disability (LD), wants to play in a rock band where her gifts truly shine, but her mother’s controlling and perfectioni …

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Faded Glimpses of Time

by Nyah Nichol
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: time travel, dystopian, friendship, survival stories, thrillers & suspense

Even with do-overs, saving the world can seem impossible. An exciting whirlwind of science-fiction espionage for those who appreciate plot-driven stories. ~ Kirkus ReviewsWren Derecho has successfully time traveled back to the present, confident that the dangerousand powerful orb has been lost forever in the broken shards of time. However, her sens …

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Careful What You Wish For

by Mahtab Narsimhan
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: paranormal, occult & supernatural, friendship, loners & outcasts, bullying

A lonely teen discovers a website that grants wishes.

Eshana is a bit of a social misfit. She feels more comfortable talking to people online than in person. One day she discovers a website that claims to be a safe space where young people can support each other in making their dreams come true. She starts talking with someone called Wise One. They …

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Autumn Bird and the Runaway

by Melanie Florence & Richard Scrimger
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: diversity & multicultural, runaways, friendship

Two kids from different worlds form an unexpected friendship.

 

Cody’s home life is a messy, too-often terrifying story of neglect and abuse. Cody himself is a smart kid, a survivor with a wicked sense of humour that helps him see past his circumstances and begin to try to get himself out.

Autumn is, quite literally, on the other side of the tracks …

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The Science of Boys

by Emily Seo, illustrated by Gracey Zhang
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: peer pressure, general (see also headings under animals), friendship

Twelve-year-old science nerd Emma Sakamoto wants to reinvent herself when she starts high school. When stylish new girl Poppy asks for Emma’s help getting the attention of her crush, Cole, Emma lies and tells Poppy that she’s writing a book about the science of boys. Emma’s friend, George, offers to help Emma apply scientific principles to th …

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Twice as Perfect

by Louisa Onomé
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: friendship, coming of age, diversity & multicultural

Netflix’s Never Have I Ever meets Crazy Rich Asians with a Nigerian twist in this brilliant young-adult novel about being caught in between worlds

The only things worth doing are those that will lead to success.

For seventeen-year-old Adanna Nkwachi, life is all about duty: to school and the debate team, to her Nigerian parents, and even to her cou …

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